COLUMBIA, SC — Columbia developer Richard Burts was recognized Thursday for his leadership in the region’s historic preservation by the Historic Columbia Foundation.
In 2006, Burts and a partner bought 701 Whaley Street, a community center that was falling in on itself, in the Olympia textile mill village. Now the restored building has become a popular place for community events, parties and art exhibitions.
Historic Columbia said Burts was responsible for creating the momentum to save the Palmetto Compress Warehouse, which the city of Columbia has agreed to buy from developers intent on tearing it down.
Other preservation awards given out Thursday at the annual awards luncheon, held at City Art in the Vista, recognized:
• Nickelodeon Theatre, 1607 Main St., owned by the Columbia Film Society
• J. Davis Powell House, 1410 Shirley St., owned by Kandie and Patrick Wright
• Spigner House, 915 Gregg St., owned by the University of South Carolina
Adaptive use awards recognized:
• Patterson Hall Dormitory, 1520 Devine St., owned by USC
• Hay Hill Garden Market, 1625 Bluff Road, owned by Fred Gant
Lastly, the award for new construction in a historic context went to the city of Columbia for the new parking garage at the corner of Taylor and Sumter streets.
Starting in 1973, Historic Columbia has recognized local projects that maintain or add to the historical, architectural and cultural heritage of Richland County by recognizing projects and their owners, architects and builders.
From Staff Reports